Winnipeg Blue Bombers, EIC partner to honour National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
The Winnipeg Blue Bombers, together with Exchange Income Corporation (EIC) and the Toronto Argonauts, today announce a partnership to honour Canada’s National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. One thousand members of the Indigenous community will be hosted at the September 29th home game against the Argos.
“The Blue Bombers and Argos will wear special orange New Era jerseys for pre-game warmup to recognize Orange Shirt Day,” said Wade Miller, President & CEO of the Winnipeg Football Club. “Our jerseys will be made available for an online auction after the game, with funds raised once again donated to Winnipeg Aboriginal Sport Achievement Centre (WASAC).”
WASAC helps to remove barriers for thousands of children annually and is Canada’s largest employer for Indigenous children and youth. The Argos will be auctioning off their orange jerseys to raise funds for ENAGB Youth Agency. The Blue Bombers will also have the star blanket logo that was created for the team in 2021 on their helmets for the game.
“The entire EIC family is excited to once again team up with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, and a number of Indigenous organizations, in recognizing the ‘Every Child Matters’ movement and honouring Canada’s National Day for Truth and Reconciliation,” said Mike Pyle, CEO of EIC. “Our company has the privilege of playing a vital role across Canada as a provider of essential services into many Indigenous communities. Our ability to partner with the Blue Bombers, to provide transportation & accommodations for families coming to Winnipeg, from 120 communities across Canada, to enjoy this game is a direct result of our longstanding commitment to those communities.”
Juno Nominee and Cree Musician, Desiree Dorion, will perform in the Princess Auto Pre-game Tailgate prior to kick-off. The anthem will be sung in Cree by Rhonda Head, a multi-award winning Mezzo Soprano from Opaskwayak Cree Nation in Northern Manitoba. Powwow dancers, hoop dancers and drummers hosted by Walking Wolf Singers and Dancers will also lead the team onto the field prior to kickoff on September 29th. The halftime show will feature jiggers and honour five Indigenous-centered safety organizations in the city.